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Fred O. King


1934 - 2018
Fred O. King Obituary
Fred O. King
EAST PEORIA - Fred O. King, 84, of East Peoria died at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
He was born on June 9, 1934, in Monterey, Tennessee, to Roy and Pauline (Phipps) King. He married Lois Blye on July 3, 1955, at Creve Coeur First Baptist Church in Creve Coeur, IL.
Surviving are his wife, Lois; children, Bob (Debbie Roe) King, Karen King, Dennis (Teresa) King and Jerry (Dana) King; grandchildren, Melissa (Ryan) Bale, Jordan Woo, Cody King, Courtney (Rachael) King, Elizabeth King, Tim King, Ayden King, Brandon Wilson, Nicole Duckworth, Megan Mills, Michael (Jessica) Mills and Matt (Courtney) Mills; 22 great-grandchildren; 19 nieces and nephews; his brother, Kenneth (Anne) King; and his sister, Helen (Harvey) Cummings.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Anna Rose Campbell.
Fred loved his family very much and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Fred grew up in Monterey, Tennessee, and graduated from Monterey High School in 1953. He worked at Caterpillar, Inc. for 34 years and retired in 1988.
He had been President of the Route 66 Watch and Clock Club in Morton, IL. His hobbies included trading collectibles and collecting antiques.
Fred was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals fan. He had a love of gospel bluegrass music and fresh Southern Illinois peaches. Fred was a selfless man, ready to lend a helping hand whenever he was needed.
A memorial service is planned at Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church at 201 N. Norwood Place in East Peoria, IL, on Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m., with visitation one hour before. Services and burial will follow on Sunday, August 19, at Goff Funeral Home in Monterey, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fred King Memorial Kidney Fund at CEFCU.
The staff at Gary Deiters Funeral Home & Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements. Please leave condolences at GaryDeitersFuneralHome.com.
Published in Peoria Journal Star from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2018
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